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Update: Zidane doesn’t know when Bale will return

The French coach hopes to have him back next week but isn’t sure about that timetable.

Real Madrid v Fuenlabrada - Copa Del Rey Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane spoke ahead of the team’s trip to play against Athletic Bilbao this Saturday and revealed that there’s no set timetable for Gareth Bale’s return to the team after the Welsh attacker felt some discomfort during Tuesday’s match.

"I don't think it's a mental problem, it's a small problem, but since he's been out a long time it's complicated,” said Zidane. “It's a problem with his calf and we don't want to risk it. It all depends on him, I cannot give a return date. I hope it's next week,” he added.

Zidane also addressed the rumors placing Athletic goalkeeper Kepa on Real Madrid this winter.

"Without any doubt I will always support Keylor, Kiko and those who are at the club. Kepa is a very good goalkeeper, but he is not my goalkeeper,” he said.

Los Blancos’ visit to Bilbao will be very important for the team.

"We have to live up to what we demand from ourselves. We expect a difficult game, we know the stadium and the team, we are prepared for a good performance. We know we have very interesting matches ahead and this month is going to be important before we come back in January,” explained Zidane.

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